L.A, 2021-12-22 21:16:00. Actress Sally Ann Howes ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ dies at the age of 91
LOS ANGELES – Sally Ann Howes, who played her as a child actress before starring in the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” with Dick Van Dyke, has died. She was 91 years old.
Her son Andrew Hart Adler confirmed his mother’s death in an interview with the Press Agency on Wednesday. Her nephew, Toby Howes, said on Twitter that the family hoped that Howes would “carry on” until the screening of “Chetty Chitty Bang Bang” at Christmas, but said she eventually passed away peacefully in her sleep.
The cause of Howes’ death has not been revealed.
The New York Times reported that she died in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Sunday.
English actress Howes began her career on the big screen at the age of 12 in the 1943 movie “Thursday’s Child,” playing a schoolgirl turned successful actress. She hails from a representative lineage that includes her parents, Bobby Howes and Patricia Malone.
In five decades, Howes has appeared in more than 140 films, musicals, plays and television projects including the screen adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickelby” and “The History of Mr. Polly”. She achieved her biggest success as a really scrumptious character in ‘Chiti Chitty Bang Bang’, which has become a holiday favourite.
“Chiti Chitty Bang Bang” was often broadcast on Christmas Day in the UK.
Howes made a mark in the theater world. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Brigadon” at the New York City Opera in 1962. She spent the latter part of her career in the theater. Her last screen appearance was in the limited series “Asrar” in 1992.
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